On-site learning outside of the classroomSelect Study Abroad students have two academic options for participation in our Italy program: The Ambassador Program (see below) and the College Courses at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici.
The Ambassador Program
The Select Study Abroad Ambassador program is a credit-free educational experience dedicated to immersing students in the rich culture of Italy. Each day, Monday through Thursday, is comprised of a unique on-site activity addressing a range of topics from the history of the city of Florence to learning more about its culinary delights. Lectures will be given throughout the city and largely by the expert Select Study Abroad team, giving students in-depth and hands-on knowledge of their host country. Upon successful completion of the Italian Ambassador program, students will be presented with a certificate of completion. This option is also ideal for participants with cultural or international interests and career goals.
"What I loved so much about the Ambassador Program was the hands-on experience to learn about Italy’s cuisine, museums, fashion, and crafts. This is one of the factors that makes Select Study Abroad different from other study abroad programs and one of the reasons why I chose this program. Making your own perfume, walking around different food markets, gilding lessons, and visiting various artisans in their work place left me mesmerized about Italy’s rich culture. The Ambassador Program allows sorority students to learn in a unique setting compared to taking academic courses or traveling alone. With Carrie, Kellin, Hannah, and Sean creating this incredible Ambassador Program, I was able to fully immerse myself in all that Italy had to offer and leave with an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.
- Hannah LeJeune, Louisiana State University
Monday through Thursday, Ambassadors will participate in experiences focused on one of the following categories. These activities are in addition to the daily Select Activities offered to all students (both Ambassadors and students enrolled at LdM). Each day will be full of opportunities to discover both the famous sites and hidden gems of Florence.
Savor Florence – Italian Cuisine, Cooking, and Tastings
Walking Food Tour of Florence
Sant’Ambrogio Food Market and Tasting
Italian Dessert Making
Artisan Florence – Italian Crafts and Hands-on Activities
Leather Making Lesson
Make your own Florentine Paper
Special Gilding Lesson
Italian Art & History – Museum and Site Visits
Florence Cathedral Museum
San Miniato Church, Cemetery, and Rose Garden
Bargello Sculpture Museum
Santa Felicita and Santa Trinita Church Visits
Evening Visits to the Accademia and Uffizi Museums
Italian Fashion – Museum Visits and Designer Demonstrations
Gucci Garden Museum
Florence Fashion Walking Tour
Stage & Cinema – An Evening at the Opera and the Theater
Special Dinner and Date Night at the Opera
Summer Movie at Florence’s Historic Theater
Elixirs & Perfumes – Perfumery Visits and Hands-on Workshop
Santa Maria Novella Antique Pharmacy
Tea Shop Visit and Tasting
AquaFlor Perfumery Visit
*All materials, entrance fees, etc. are included.
Apply now or contact us for a detailed activity calendar!
Over 90 percent of employers believe that students who have studied abroad are likely to possess other highly desirable skills, including: cross-cultural communication skills, independence, cultural awareness, maturity, flexibility.
*Prices do not include airfare